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James Clear writes at JamesClear.com, where he shares ideas for using behavior science to improve your performance and master your habits. For fresh ideas on how to live a healthy life — both mentally and physically — join his free newsletter. Or, download his 45-page guide called Transform Your Habits.

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Never Check Email Before Noon (And Other Thoughts on Doing Your Best Work)

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 2:56 PM

Dana Vollmer did not have an easy road to the Olympics.

Vollmer is an olympic swimmer, but it wasn't just the grueling practice schedule that made her journey to the top difficult. At the age of 15, Vollmer discovered that she had a heart disorder known as long QT syndrome....

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Natural Happiness: The Truth About Exercise and Depression

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 4:19 PM

We all want to be happy.

But is there anything you can actually do to feel happier more often? Or at the very least... can you limit the likelihood that you'll feel sad and depressed?

There isn't a single perfect answer, of course, but research is starting to reveal the...

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How to Start Working Out When You Don't Know What You're Doing

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 9:15 PM

What do you do when you're trying to start a new workout routine?

Maybe you've been training your entire life and just want a new exercise to keep things fresh. Or maybe you're getting started with exercise for the first time and don't know how to start working out. Either...

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The Two Types of Inspiration. Are You Using Both in Your Work and Life?

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 11:52 AM

It's easy to spend all day searching for inspiration. You can find incredible videos, articles, and news stories, and email them out to all of your friends. But the best (and longest lasting) type of inspiration comes from applying those outside bits of motivation to your own goals.

Make no...

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Integrative Medicine: What if Your Doctor Prescribed Actions Instead of Medications?

(1) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 5:31 PM

I spend a lot of my time thinking about ways that you can overcome illness and injury, boost your health and happiness, and live a more vibrant and fulfilling life.

One of the conclusions I've come to is that behavior change and habit formation is one of the most powerful...

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Achieve Your Goals: Research Reveals a Simple Trick That Doubles Your Chances for Success

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 10:59 AM

We all have goals. And what's the first thing most of us think about when we consider how to achieve them?

"I need to get motivated."

The surprising thing? Motivation is exactly what you don't need. Today, I'm going to share a surprising research study that reveals why motivation isn't...

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It's Not Your Job to Tell Yourself 'No'

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2016 | 8:31 AM

Have you ever told yourself no? I definitely have.

I'm talking about thoughts like...

"Why bother applying? I doubt that school would ever accept me."

"This business idea isn't going to work. I'm too old/too young/too inexperienced."

"He'd never date me. I might as well move on."

"My boss won't...

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How to Stop Procrastinating by Using the '2-Minute Rule'

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2016 | 4:26 PM

I've been following a simple rule that is helping me crush procrastination and making it easier for me to stick to good habits at the same time.

I want to share it with you today so that you can try it out and see how it works in your life.

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The Difference Between Being 'Not Wrong' and Being Right

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2015 | 1:15 PM

Most people are good at not failing.

They're good at trying new things (when there is very little downside). They're good at pushing themselves (when no one will see them fail). They're good at taking a stand (when a thousand other people have already done so).

And to be fair,...

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Make More Art: The Health Benefits of Creativity

(1) Comments | Posted December 23, 2015 | 12:21 PM

In 2010, the American Journal of Public Health published a review titled, The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health. You can find it here.

In that article, researchers analyzed more than 100 studies about the impact of art on your health and your ability to heal yourself....

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Random Ideas About Life

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 3:32 PM

In the grand scheme of things, I have little to nothing figured out.

But just in case I've stumbled on something that could help you, here are a few ideas about living well, doing good, and making life better.

If you want to change your life, then change your identity....
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How Your Beliefs Can Sabotage Your Behavior (And What You Can Do About It)

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2015 | 10:20 AM

There are many reasons why it can be hard to stick to good habits or develop new skills. But more often than not, the biggest challenge is sitting between your two ears.

Your mind is a powerful thing. The stories you tell yourself and the things you believe about yourself...

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The Mistake Smart People Make: Being in Motion vs. Taking Action

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 5:20 PM

There is a common mistake that often happens to smart people -- in many cases, without you ever realizing it.

The mistake has to do with the difference between being in motion and taking action. They sound similar, but they're not the same.

Here's the deal...

Motion vs. Action

Motion...

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If You Commit to Nothing, You'll Be Distracted By Everything

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2015 | 1:06 PM

In the northeastern hills outside Kyoto, Japan there is a mountain known as Mount Hiei. That mountain is littered with unmarked graves.

Those graves mark the final resting place of the Tendai Buddhist monks who have failed to complete a quest known as the Kaihogyo.

What is this quest that...

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Why I Hate the Typical Approach to Health (And What We're Doing Differently)

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 2:07 PM

I'm sitting here at my kitchen table after spending the last 24 hours bouncing across the country (hopping from Portland to Chicago to Cincinnati on a long day of travel). It was a day of modern adventure filled with taxis and planes and cars with dead batteries.

In other words,...

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What Is Actually Required for Success?

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 2:51 PM

For over one year, I trained with the great folks at Columbus Weightlifting.

One of our lifters, Heather, joined the team and didn't have a pair of weightlifting shoes. So, she borrowed a beat up pair that was riddled with cracked leather. They were easily over 10 years old. For...

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The Daily Routines of 12 Famous Writers (And How They Can Help You Succeed)

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 4:44 PM

How many people die with their best work still inside them?

We often assume that great things are done by those who were blessed with natural talent, genius, and skill. But how many great things could have been done by people who never fully realized their potential? I think many...

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Be Honest: Are You Rejecting Yourself? (Why You Should Make Things)

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 4:00 PM

Something unexpected happened recently. I started getting more visitors to my website from Google.

In fact, if you search the phrase "how to stop procrastinating" in Google right now, then you will probably see this article on the first page of results: How to Stop Procrastinating by Using the "2-Minute...

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It's Good to Feel Stupid: 5 Thoughts on Overcoming Fear and Self-Doubt

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 6:39 PM

I was lifting with the owner of my gym. She was doing clean and jerks. I was squatting.

In between sets, I asked if she had ever competed in an Olympic weightlifting meet. "You should do one. They are a lot of fun and you're definitely built to be a...

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Lessons on Success and Deliberate Practice From Mozart, Picasso and Kobe Bryant

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2015 | 10:34 PM

How long does it take to become elite at your craft? And what do the people who master their goals do differently than the rest of us?

That's what John Hayes, a cognitive psychology professor at Carnegie Mellon University, wanted to know.

For decades, Hayes has been investigating the role...

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